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A quick guide to keeping your whites, white

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Sort your laundry thoroughly before wash – a single red sock could turn all your whites pink in one wash.White clothes can be a pain to keep clean in city environments. Overuse of chlorine bleach, however, is not advisable as overuse can cause yellowing of garments.

Well cut white shirts, snazzy tees and simple dresses are fantastic and versatile additions to any wardrobe. Not to mention that they are literally cooler to wear in hot weather, since darker colours tend to absorb more heat.

Is there a way to ensure those whites are kept from getting dirty? The city environment is especially hazardous to white clothes– everything from seats on public transport to that takeaway cup of coffee seem out to add an unwanted splash of colour to your clothing.

There are ways however to help keep your whites looking as crisp and pristine as the day you bought them. Here are some laundry tips.

Sort and pre-treat

The process of preserving white clothing starts even before the wash. Sort your clothing carefully, separating all white pieces from the rest of your clothes to prevent colour transfer.

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Sort your laundry thoroughly before wash – a single red sock could turn all your whites pink in one wash.

As soon as you notice a stain on white clothing, pre-treat the stain before putting it in the machine. Depending on the type of stain and fabric type, the solution may vary. With whites, however, do make sure any rags used to remove stains are clean and think twice before using chlorine bleach, as overuse may cause yellowing.

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White clothes can be a pain to keep clean in city environments. Overuse of chlorine bleach, however, is not advisable as overuse can cause yellowing of garments.

If you happen to own a lot of white clothes, ensure that the washing machine is not overloaded. There needs to be enough space and water between clothing to wash away loose dirt, or it could just redeposit itself on other pieces.

Use the right water and cycles

You may get hard water, or water with a high mineral content, in your area. If that is the case, add a water softener to each laundry load. The minerals in hard water can grey clothes and make them look dull. As a natural alternative to chemical softeners, half a cup of vinegar can be used to soften the water in each load, and help brighten your whites to boot.

When washing, use the shortest wash cycle possible as frequent washing can cause discolouration of clothes. White garments should also be washed regularly. Body oils, sweat and residue from anti-perspirants can build up and turn clothes yellow.

The Electrolux Vapour Time Manager washing machine is ideal for whites which require specific settings, as you can customise your washing times and temperatures, in addition to being more water-efficient than other conventional models.

Dry it right

Try to dry whites in direct sunlight as ultraviolet rays help to brighten and whiten clothes. Storing whites in the dark can also cause yellowing. Do check your clothing labels, however, as some garments may not take well to drying in direct sunlight.

Never dry white fabrics that still have stains as the heat can set the stain and make it permanent.

A heat pump dryer like the Electrolux EDH97981W can come in handy for those without much space to hang clothes in the sun. On top of being more energy-efficient, heat pump dryers also use less heat to dry clothes, which preserves and extends the lifespan of clothes.

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